Old Town Mariposa

The town of Mariposa was founded, in 1849, as a mining camp on the banks of a seasonal stream known as the “Mariposa River”, as depicted on early maps of the region, the southern Mother Load region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Mariposa, as a town, occupies and unique place in American history. The discovery […]

Local Ghost Towns

Agua Fria, today a true ghost town, was principally a placer mining camp divided into Lower Agua Fria and Upper Agua Fria. The name was derived from two springs of cold water about a quarter mile below Lower Agua Fria (the principal town). It may have been there that John C. Fremont’s men discovered gold […]

Yosemite Gold Country Roku-TV Channel

The Yosemite Gold Country Internet based TV Channel is the platform we use for telling the “big screen” story of our region. It will soon be available on any Roku connected TV, any place in the world. Our multimedia stories focus on eight “Category” areas, described below under our Multimedia Productions. Introduction-About Yosemite Gold Country […]

Yosemite Gold Country Travel App

This handy application provides information about the historic California Gold Rush communities of Mariposa County. Residents and visitors to Yosemite National Park receive information on local attractions, such as the California State Mining and Mineral Museum, the Mariposa History Center and numerous buildings and sites that date from the 1850s. The app also provides information […]


The Yosemite Gold Country Website is full of useful resources for you. We invite you to use the Search Tool to locate items quickly. However, below are some important links to help you navigate Yosemite Gold Country: Mariposa County Government Yosemite National Park Bureau of Land Management (BLM) US Forest Service, Sierra NF Headquarters J. […]

Your Tour Guide

Bob Borchard, a third generation native of California, has been exploring Yosemite Gold Country for over 40-years. As a resident of Mariposa, and having worked in the County and region for many years, he has a breadth of knowledge of places, and people, that make Yosemite Gold Country one of the most interesting and colorful […]

Welcome to Yosemite Gold Country

Yosemite Gold Country Network has created this website to provide visitors to the greater Yosemite National Park area with a guide to the area. Yosemite Gold Country natives are a resilient but friendly folk who are very pleased to share our love of the environment with you. Our culture runs deep; thousands of years with […]

Yosemite Gold Country Transportation

Early Days in the Yosemite Gold Country From the earliest times, First Nation native people followed trails and paths established by native deer and elk herds in the Sierra. These became the trails that early Mountain Men and explorers, like John C. Fremont followed in to the region as they explored for Gold. With the […]

Major Regional Service Centers in the Region

There are four major regional service centers in Yosemite Gold Country, three located on the westside in the San Joaquin Valley and one on the east side of the Sierras. The four centers contain major air and rail connections to Yosemite Gold Country and serve as regional trade and population centers for the region as […]


Exploring Yosemite Gold Country Can Be and Adventure. Many visitors to this region regret NOT planning more time to see all that Yosemite Gold Country offers! Historic Gold Mining Communities, Mariposa, Coulterville, Bear Valley, Hornitos, etc. History Museums and the World Class California State Mining and Mineral Museum. The Grand Merced River Canyon and the […]